In 2011, four special elections
were held for the South Carolina State Legislature
. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the South Carolina State Senate
, District 16, and the South Carolina House of Representatives
, Districts 10, 64, and 100.
How vacancies are filled
If there is a vacancy in the South Carolina Legislature, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. If candidates plan to seek the nomination through a party convention, the filing period begins on the third Friday after the vacancy happened. The qualifying deadline is ten days after the filing period opens.
If a candidate plans to seek the nomination via petition, all signatures must submitted to the appropriate filing officer no later than sixty days before the election. All signatures must be verified by the filing officer no later than 45 days before the election.
A primary election must be held on the eleventh Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. If necessary, a primary runoff must be held on the thirteenth Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. The special election is held on the eighteenth Tuesday after vacancy occurs. No special election can be held less than 60 days before the general election.
The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:
The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:
April 5, 2011
| South Carolina House District 64|| |
|Democratic incumbent Cathy Harvin lost her battle with breast cancer on December 4, 2010, shortly after her re-election to House District 64. A special election primary was held February 15, 2011. 6 candidates filed for the primary, 4 Democrats and 2 Republicans. Kevin Johnson defeated Dwight Stewart Jr., Bernard Richburg, and Alvin Greene in the Democratic primary. Walter Sanders defeated Derry Beard in the Republican primary. Ultimately, Johnson (D) defeated Sanders (R) by a 52.5% to 47.5% margin.
- Democratic Candidate:
- Republican Candidate:
April 12, 2011
August 30, 2011
| South Carolina House District 10|| |
|Daniel Cooper (R) resigned in April (effective June 29). The 20-year veteran of the house explained that he wanted to spend more time with his family. A special election will be held on August 30 with a special election primary on July 12. Joshua Putnam won the Republican nomination after the primary and a primary runoff elections.
- Republican Candidates:
- Joshua Putnam 1,026 
Charles Hamp Johnson
- Constitution Party Candidate:
September 27, 2011
- ↑ South Carolina State Legislature "South Carolina Code"(Referenced Statute 7-13-190 (A)-(B))
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 South Carolina State Legislature "South Carolina Code"(Referenced Statute 7-13-190 (B))
- ↑ The Post and Courier, Rep. Cathy Harvin dies; won late husband's seat, December 5, 2010
- ↑ Midlandsconnect.com, "Johnson, Sanders advance to District 64 general election; Greene distant 4th," February 15, 2011
- ↑ WISTV, "Johnson wins District 34 special election," April 6, 2011
- ↑ Lake Wylie Pilot, "Seven Republicans eye Mulvaney's SC Senate seat," December 30, 2010
- ↑ SC Senate Republican Caucus, "Gregory wins District 16 Senate primary" February 23, 2011
- ↑ Herald Online, "Gregory wins election, will return to District 16 senate seat," April 12, 2011
- ↑ Anderson Independent Mail, "Republicans field six candidates for Cooper seat," May 23, 2011
- ↑ Independent Mail, "Joshua Putnam wins Republican runoff in House District 10," July 26, 2011
- ↑ Independent Mail, "Joshua Putnam becomes state’s youngest House representative," August 30, 2011
- ↑ Live 5 News "Moncks Corner Rep. Umphlett passes away," May 29, 2011
- ↑ South Carolina State Election Commission, Unofficial Results, "State House District 100 Special Election," September 27, 2011
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